Back at it

Oh my. It has been a very, very long time between posts. I’ll reader’s digest the interim. Stopped making work. Stopped feeling creative. Started to feel very complacent. Wanted to stop feeling so complacent. Slowly started making work again. Started feeling more creative, more inspired. And now feeling compelled enough to update my blog.

I’m working on a few things at the moment. I made some menu boards for a yogurt shop up in north Scottsdale called Tart & Toppings. Here’s how those guys turned out. ImageImageImage

It was awesome to see them hanging in the context of the rest of the store. I’ll post photos of that soon too. After I made these 3 signs, they had me make a couple more, and then later this week I’ll be chalking a large piece on the wall in their shop, which I’m very excited about. ImageImage

I’m working on a few drawings as well right now, including a lithograph I’m working on with one of my friends that does printmaking. It’s a strange process. More on that soon.

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Lions, and Tigers, and Leopards… Oh MY!

I lost all of my music today. It was a weird feeling, like some part of me was gone all of the sudden. I realize that I can most likely piece it all back together with cd’s and my friend’s music collections, but for right now I’m bummin. It was this strange feeling of having your memories suddenly gone. Like because the songs were gone, so were all the things they reminded me of. 

I don’t have any in progress work from my show to post. So instead, here’s a piece a did a few months back. It was supposed to be a t-shirt design, but the company I made it for never followed through. I still like the design. 

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Making art is hard

I’ve been on a serious hiatus from blogging. Mostly because there have been oh so many changes in my life, some that were a little hard to digest at first. And also, my computer died and took EVERYTHING with it. Back up your computers, my friends. The alternative ain’t pretty. But I have a new job and a new home! My art show is coming up in a few weeks and I’m a mess. I have sooooo much work still to do and a complete lack of motivation. I’m thinking once the show is over that I need a new approach to art. I’m too afraid of it right now. Too timid. I need to lose my fear of making bad art and just do it for the love of creating. I want to try all the bizarre ideas I have floating around in my head that seem like a potential waste of time.

I’ll post soon with some sneak peeks of my new work for the show!!

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So much to catch up on! The last two months have been crazy. I graduated college with two degrees. My friend and I won a travel grant and decided to go to Eastern Europe. Now I’m back and there are some big changes at work. My sister is getting married soon, which means I’ll be finding a new home soon. It feels like everything is in transit right now. So many possibilities and opportunities, so many choices. It’s exciting, but makes me a little nervous.

We made a travel blog of our trip around the Balkans. Click on the photo to check it out. Seriously incredible architecture and sculptures over there. Everything is starting to blur together from the trip. A month is definitely not long enough to soak it all in.

I’ve been doing a lot of drawing recently to get ready for my exhibition in September. I can’t wait to have my first real gallery show!! It’s a big step for me. The drawings are definitely stepping out of my comfort zone, a necessary but difficult thing to do. Listening to some weirder music these days. Loving this song in particular.

 

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My Heart’s in the strangest place

I finally graduated! YAY! I feel like I’ve just been looking forward to the end of school for so long, and now that it’s here I don’t know what to do with myself. Except to keep busy. I’m leaving for Europe in a few days, which I could not be more excited about. I am a little nervous, as you get with any trip. A little afraid of the unknown, but my excitement trumps any fear. I can’t wait to live differently than I’ve ever lived. To see new things. See new people. Be surprised. I can’t wait to let it change me. I already want to live more simply than I do- maybe this will be a catalyst for change. I can’t believe I’ll finally see in person the amazing sculptures I’ve been drooling over for the past couple months. I’ve been trying to imagine what it’ll feel like to be there, but the truth is that I have no idea.

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I’ve also been really into The Walkmen lately. They remind me of memories, some real, some hoped for. And I love his voice.

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As if you could kill time without injuring eternity

I’ve been dreaming a lot lately. About a lot of things. I usually am able to trace back the origin of dreams to some distant connection in my waking life, but lately they seem unrelated. They’re the kind of dreams that come back clearer as the day goes on and you begin to realize all of the horrible nuances and implications embedded in them.  Those kind of dreams. Not too sure how to fix it.

I’ve been missing life drawing lately. I need to get back at it. I have some ideas I’ve been keeping in my sketchbook that I want to finally bring to life. Here’s a close up of one of my figure studies from a few months ago. Love the body, but I’m not crazy about the hair and face. I’ll get ‘em next time!

Courtney Larsen- crouched figure study

Courtney Larsen- crouched figure study

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